Milk Huntsville AL

Local resource for milk in Huntsville. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to cow's milk, raw milk, condensed milk, powdered milk, and dairy products such as cheese, butter, yogurt and more. Read on for more advice and content on dairy products and milk's nutritional value.

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Cleopatra's beauty has long been attributed to her legendary milk baths. More than an indulgent experience, bathing in milk has historically been utilized for its healing properties.

Today, milk is known to do your body and your beauty good. It is being used in a slew of skincare products to increase moisture, brighten dull skin, slough-off dead skin cells, and reveal younger, smoother looking skin.

Similar to the effects of a moisturizing scrub that you might pay a premium for at a spa, milk treatments leave the skin with a baby soft glow. The naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acids gently exfoliate, dissolving dead skin cells, and revealing supple, younger looking skin beneath. While the old cells are being turned over, the milk proteins act as humectants, drawing moisture to the skin's surface. This means of moisturizing is more effective than simply slathering lotion on your skin.

Ranella Hirsch M.D., president-elect of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery, explains that the lactic acid obtained from milk sugar is great for acne-prone skin and is actually used as an ingredient in several over-the-counter products. Hirsch also suggests the use of milk to soothe irritated skin. For a quick at-home soothing concoction, combine milk with equal parts cool water and apply to inflamed or sunburned skin.

Erich Worster, founder of Anakiri Bioenergetic Skin Care, recommends utilizing milk's essential proteins, amino acids, and vitamin A on sensitive skin. "Milk's natural beta-hydroxyl acids act as skin conditioners to exfoliate, soothe, and soften. They also act as a natural skin brightener. Lactic acid cleans and softens, and stimulates cell renewal"

Milk is considered to be safe for pregnant women and often used as a moisturizer in pregnancy-specific skincare products. Robin Brown, co-creator of Erbaviva, an organic skincare line with a celeb following, utilizes milk and milk lipids to help moisturize and minimize itchiness and dryness associated with an expanding belly.

Because of milk's luxurious history (it's hard to compete with being Cleopatra's beauty secret), spas around the world are developing treatments that utilize the soothing substance. At the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico, SpaTerre's Milk And Honey Wrap is one of the most popular wet room treatments. Combining honey (a natural humectant, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antifungal ingredient) with milk creates an extremely nourishing treatment that helps attract and lock in moisture. Suzanne Chavez, the resort's spa director, reveals that "This body wrap is so decadent, guests almost feel naughty choosing it! The lovely thing is this wrap is extremely therapeutic. The milk and honey combination will leave you with completely nourished skin, a feeling of well-being, and a healthy glow"

The trend of milk and honey is also popular in wine country. At Meadowood Napa Valley, guests are treated to the Luxury Body...

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Milk: It Does a Body Good

Or does it?

For vegans, anyone with a milk allergy, or any of the 30 to 50 million lactose-intolerant Americans, the answer is a resounding “no.” Many people have also turned to nondairy options based on the various health benefits of certain milk alternatives, or simply because variety truly is the “spice of life.”

No longer the exclusive domain of small health food stores, nondairy beverages—from soy to grain to nut milks—are readily available at your local supermarket. Each with its own distinct flavor, color, texture, and nutritional profile.

The moo-less lowdown

Soy milk was the first milk alternative to appear on supermarket shelves approximately 20 years ago, and it’s been the leader in nondairy beverages ever since. Soy milk, extracted from the whole soy bean, has a fat and protein content similar to 1 percent cow’s milk (see chart below) and is rich in plant sterols called phytoestrogens.  Although the health benefits of soy are somewhat controversial, “Some studies show the phytoestrogen component in soy milk may help protect bone health and prevent bone loss,” says Kelly Morrow, M.S., R.D., adjunct faculty member in nutrition at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington.

Flavors such as chocolate soy may sound tempting, but be aware: added sweeteners also up the calorie count. Since the flavor and consistency of even plain soy milk varies from brand to brand, experiment to find your favorite. And, if possible, always choose organic to avoid pesticide residues and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Of the grain milks, rice milk, with its light, sweet taste is a favorite among consumers. Particularly appealing to people who suffer from food allergies (since rice is often well-tolerated over many other options), rice milk is naturally low in fat, but also low in protein, and high in carbohydrates/sugar, with over three times the amount found in unflavored soy or almond milk.

Other grain milk options include fiber-rich oat milk and multi-grain blends. These milks are higher in protein than rice milk, but have a similar carbohydrate count, also making them high in overall calories.

“One of the problems with some of the nondairy milks is the sugar [carbohydrate] content,” Morrow says. “Think of it this way: each 5 grams of carbohydrate equals 1 teaspoon of sugar. Rice milk and certain other milks can have as much as 30 grams of carbohydrates per cup. For comparison, cow’s milk has about 12 grams per cup.” Additionally, the low protein content is of particular concern for growing children and adolescents, Morrow warns, and no nondairy product should ever be used to replace breast milk or infant formula.

Almond milk, the king of the nut milks, is low in overall calories, a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, and has a delicate, nutty flavor. Almonds are naturally high in calc...

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Nature's Sports Drink: Milk

You don’t have to be an athlete to think like one. And one of the things athletes think about is how to fuel—and refuel—the body around exercise ( read more about Exercise Nutrition). This often summons up mental images of fancy bars and neon-colored sports drinks. But you might be surprised to learn that one of the most effective refueling beverages, a secret weapon of sorts, is also a delicious, familiar and convenient favorite for many: chocolate milk.

Millions of dollars are spent in formulating, developing, manufacturing, testing and marketing sports beverages for hydrating, fueling, and refueling competitive and recreational athletes. Sports nutrition is big business today and there’s no surprise. Professional athletes are highly paid, highly esteemed celebrities these days and at their best, are stunning models of what the human body can achieve.

While there is a definite place for innovation and formulation when it comes to optimally feeding and fueling an athlete, interestingly enough Mother Nature continues to speak up and show us that nature provides equal and often superior options to what man can make himself.

There is in recent years a resurgence of interest in finding naturally effective, cost-effective real foods and beverages to help fuel the athlete. This is great news. While there is a definite place—and need—for some ‘special’ high-tech foods and beverages for competitive athletes who spend hours and hours training and competing, when there’s opportunity to be replenished and refueled with real foods, they take it.

And with good reason, as is in fact the case with milk. Over the past decade, there has been a growing body of research looking at milk’s unique nutritional package—and chocolate milk in particular for refueling as a recovery beverage after exercise—for the both endurance and strength athletes.

Refuel, Rehydrate, Rebuild, Recover with Milk

A growing body of research is weighing in on the side of chocolate milk as an effective post-exercise refueling beverage. Why? Well, researchers have for several decades discovered that the body needs extra carbohydrates plus protein—in a ratio of about 4:1—to help fuel recovery after serious exercise by rebuilding muscle and providing key nutrients. As a result several commercial sports beverages are formulated to provide just that ratio—mostly through a combination of glucose, a protein source, water and some electrolytes. But interestingly, low fat chocolate milk provides the same ratio, along with additional nutrients important to overall nutrition and activity, leading several scientists in recent years to affectionately dub chocolate milk a “sports beverage” itself.

Milk, particularly low-fat and chocolate low fat milk, has shown in several studies to be effective during recovery from both resistance (weight/mu...

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